Hundreds turn out for first Coal terminal hearing

San Juan Islander, October 28, 2012

Close to 2,000 residents from Northern Washington packed Squalicum High School in Bellingham Saturday, October 27, to kick off the first of seven public comment hearings regarding the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.

As proposed the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would create the largest coal export facility in North America. Each year 450 ships would travel through the straits enroute to Asia. A third of the ships would be Capesize vessels which are too large to fit through the locks of either the Panama or Suez Canals. They must voyage via Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America to get to or from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The rest of the ships would be Panamax which are the largest sized vessels which can fit through the Panama canal locks.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s Custer Spur Rail Expansion projects are interrelated and may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared.  The scoping period starts September 24, 2012 and ends January 21, 2013.

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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